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Contact A Professional To Address Mold Damage In Your Raleigh Area Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Contact A Professional To Address Mold Damage In Your Raleigh Area Home Mold Colonies Like These Pictured Require Professional Remediation--Contact SERVPRO

Trust Mold Remediation to the Experts

If you currently have mold growing inside of your Raleigh home, you should understand that there are a few species of mold that are more hazardous than others. More dangerous species release mycotoxins into the air that are the source of health problems that develop in some individuals once exposed.

However, many other species also produce toxins that mix with moisture covering vast areas of indoor growth, making the entire affected area potentially problematic. Regardless of the amount or type of mold damage, you find in your Raleigh area home; you should take steps to remove it promptly.

Suspecting that you have mold somewhere in your home is enough to warrant contacting a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO for help. You never want to take too long or ignore this possibly hazardous problem entirely. Let the professionals figure out if it exists, stay safe and let us assist you with making your next steps.

If you intend on locating mold before asking for help, the most practical way to locate a mold on your property is by using your eyes and nose. Finding mold stains on your walls obviously, means you have a problem. However, it is entirely possible to smell a mold problem that exists, without seeing any growth. It is also entirely possible to have an extensive mold problem and no odors are detectable.

Visible mold growth can come in a variety of colors and appearances. You might find a mixture of white, gray, brown, black, yellow, or even green, followed by discolorations, stains, or what looks like a fuzzy surface on regularly smooth building materials.
 
Always pay close attention to areas with a noticeable musty, dirt smell, or signs of excess moisture, water damage, and elevated humidity. Again, you can leave this task to IICRC certified professionals available at SERVPRO; we never want you to put yourself in a possibly unsafe situation.
 
One call gives you access to qualified professionals who can do the heavy lifting for you, call our office at SERVPRO of North Raleigh to begin your home’s mold remediation services. We are ready to assist homeowners throughout the Raleigh and Wake Forest areas, anytime, 24/7, 365. (919) 790-1222

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We Fight Water Damage in Your Raleigh Area Home So You Don't Have to

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Fight Water Damage in Your Raleigh Area Home So You Don't Have to An overflowing toilet can send contaminated water throughout your house. Contact SERVPRO to have it cleaned up correctly giving you peace of mind.

SERVPRO's Technicians Arrive Quickly to Help Prevent Secondary Damages

Having severe water damage on your Raleigh property can potentially cause significant problems over time. You need to address water issues as soon as you find them and give your home the best chance at a full recovery.  

It is common today for homeowners to seek professional help to address water damage issues found in their Raleigh area home. You may not have the expertise, time, or tools necessary to perform all of the needed repairs alone and there is nothing wrong with that. Times have changed and you no longer need to work a full-time job only to come home to fix the toilet or a broken appliance, never getting time for yourself.

Today, some highly-trained professionals offer to perform these services for you. Places like SERVPRO maintain a regular crew of IICRC-industry certified technicians that perform a wide variety of repairs that also include cleanup and restoration for any part of your home. We offer you personalized services, free of judgment and ridicule, providing you with excellent alternatives that make taking care of your home, easier.

SERVPRO technicians train in a grueling manner, making them especially qualified to provide you the best results possible. Using the latest methods and equipment available, our technicians help you make the most out of unforgiving situations. Our services are available to homeowners and property managers throughout the area, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Calling us gives you access to trusted members of the restoration community that you can count on to provide you with answers to disasters that occur on your property.

Whether you have a backflow in an upstairs toilet or water damage caused by a recent storm, SERVPRO can provide you with the services you need to recover quickly and efficiently. You only have to make one call to have it all; we offer full-service solutions, making your restoration as stress-free as possible.  

Make the most of what is available to you, call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest to receive quality results to water damage issues in your home, today. (919) 790-1222

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Hotels & Motels Searching for Help With Water Damage in Raleigh

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Hotels & Motels Searching for Help With Water Damage in Raleigh Any type of leak in you bathrooms that goes unnoticed can add up to water and possibly mold damage in the long run. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Determine the Cause of Water Damage When it is Not Obviously Apparent

Water can do an enormous amount of damage in a small amount of time, especially when you are busy running a well-established hotel or motel in Raleigh. You become distracted by daily events while a storm can take its toll on your roof, or a small plumbing leak occurs that can go unnoticed for months. These situations allow water to enter your property at various locations and lead to corrosion, rot, and even mold.  

To continue providing your clientele with the highest quality stay possible, you should have your area hotel, or motel inspected for water damage in Raleigh. Give an expertly trained restoration specialist the opportunity to help you maintain your property, with little to no interruption to the services you provide. A quality restoration company has the personnel and resources available to locate, repair, and even prevent problems quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO technicians have access to the latest advances in water location and detection devices. Infrared moisture detectors are used to make locating water on your property easier while hygrometers accurately determine the amount of saturation that exists. We also have water extractors of every shape and size, including attachments that give us the ability to reach small patches of water hidden within your walls, crawlspaces, or attic with ease.  

At SERVPRO, we show you the respect and understanding you deserve. Regardless of the size of the problem, you are experiencing, our technicians put forth every effort to repair the situation to the best of our ability. We can even offer a variety of recommendations that help you prevent these incidents from developing in the future, saving you from dealing with large-loss situations that prevent your business from operating normally.

SERVPRO services include carpet cleaning, water removal, and restoration to cover every emergency situation imaginable including fire, water, mold, and storm damage. Our technicians provide you with a one-stop solution, performing repairs and putting the finishing touches on even the toughest jobs. We also have commercial cleaning services available that make maintaining your building a cinch, with cleaning technicians that do far more than a regular janitorial service.  

Take advantage of emergency services available at SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest. We serve the entire area, call today. (919) 790-1222

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SERVPRO Meets The Challenge Of Attic Restoration After Fire Damage In Raleigh

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Meets The Challenge Of Attic Restoration After Fire Damage In Raleigh For Smoke & Fire Cleanup in Your Raleigh Property Call SERVPRO

Soot, Odors and Charred Lumbar Problems Are Resolved by SERVPRO

In the case of a house fire, the attic is at risk of smoke damage, especially when the fire starts in or near the attic. In any fire restoration situation, the aim is to restore every affected area of your Raleigh property as much as possible so that your home feels like your own again. An important facet of fire cleanup is tackling any soot damage in the attic.
 
Attics pose particular challenges when it comes to restoration after fire damage to your Raleigh home. That is why we recommend calling SERVPRO as soon as you can. We train our technicians to IICRC-standards and make sure they have all the training and equipment needed to tackle even challenging situations. When you call us you can rest assured that your attic is in safe hands.
 
An attic is usually a small space or at least one with slanting eaves. It is less accessible than the rest of your home, which is why you need the best experts on hand to help you. The unusual shape of the attic poses a problem, and much of the timber in the attic is likely to be unfinished, which means it is harder to remove soot residue.
 
Our team starts by sorting and cataloging any items in your attic. Non-salvageable items are disposed of, while salvageable items are logged and taken to our specialist facilities for cleaning. Do not worry – no item is removed or destroyed without consulting you first.
 
Once the attic is clear of items and debris, we set to work cleaning it up. Because much of the timber in attics is untreated, several methods are available for restoration. Under the right conditions, pressurized CO2 pellets are directed at the affected lumber to chase the residues off. Since the carbon dioxide sublimates from solid to gas, there is no mess other that the removed particles. Abrasive cleaning actions such as wire brush scrubbing are often the most efficient choice for soot removal. We train our technicians in a range of cleaning methods so they can tackle the aftermath of any fire.
 
If it is necessary, exposed timber is treated with duct sealer or a deodorizing sealer to control odor and restore the surface as much as possible.
 
Our team also deodorizes your attic, so you will not even notice that a smoky smell used to linger there. Depending on the situation, we bring in either thermal foggers or ozone machines to thoroughly deodorize the space and leave it clean once more. By chemically altering the noxious particulates, the odors are removed, not masked until a scent wears off.
 
Attics present a unique challenge to restoration teams, but SERVPRO does not stop until your attic is clean and usable once more. For help with fire and smoke cleanup to your Raleigh, New Hope, and Wake Forest property, call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222 today for assistance.

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Raleigh Mold Damage Source

8/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Raleigh Mold Damage Source Mold Remediation in Raleigh Stops the Spread of these Hyphae--Call SERVPRO

Moisture Removal Begins Mild Damage Remediation in Raleigh Properties

Mold is everywhere. The spores that form mold growths are in the air and inside every home and business. The only exceptions are ‘clean rooms’; surgical theatres for example or some electronic assembly chambers.

If you want to understand mold damage in your Raleigh home, it is necessary to know how mold expands and grows anywhere in the right temperature range with sufficient moisture and food. SERVPRO has more than twenty years of experience in North Carolina studying mold and the most efficient ways to stop its growth and remove it.
 
Mold starts as a tiny spore, usually airborne. Each one is tinier than a mustard seed, and a mass of thousands is smaller than the head of a pin. When these airborne spores settle on a surface, they remain inert unless they come into contact a source of moisture. The initial amount of water does not need to be more than a few drops, that is all it takes for spores to expand and extend hyphae.
 
These extensions spread across surfaces to expand the new growth. When they find a food source, hyphae grow into the material; normally construction items like drywall and ceiling tiles. They sustain the growth and speed expansion as well.
 
Most mold grows at a range of 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Since this is the temperature range for most homes in North America year-round, fungi growth is a problem in Fall and Winter as well as Spring and Summer. Obviously, the best way to stop mold growth is to turn off the moisture since it is also the starting point of the growth. Then we eliminate the source, be it a leaking pipe, pooled water under a damaged section of roof, a severe flood, or something else.
 
With the mold halted, we begin cleaning and removal. First, we isolate the area as best as possible; this prevents accidental contamination of other, clean parts of the house. After an initial pass with commercial grade vacuums to pull up loose spores, we remove all building material and personal property with mold. Depending on the item and the amount of mold involved, we clean it on-site, at our facility, or dispose of it.
 
For mold on the structure, we use a variety of antifungal agents and tools to kill and remove surface mold. If the spores have grown just below the surface, we remove the piece or cut away the affected section if structural integrity remains uncompromised.
 
Stopping mold and removing the damage from your home is not a simple task. At SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest, we have the personnel, training, and equipment needed to ensure we do it as quickly as possible and still provide a safe environment for you and your family to return home. If you need us, call today at (919) 790-1222.

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Avoid Continuing Water Damage Problems In Raleigh

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoid Continuing Water Damage Problems In Raleigh A Water Drip Can Lead to Damage in a Raleigh Home, SERVPRO Is Here to Help

Elimination of Water Drips Prevents Hidden Damages from Expanding

Many people view home maintenance as a checklist, taking care of routine or obvious problems one by one. A mysterious puddle of water gets mopped up every few days without much thought, or a persistently musty smelling bathroom gets a regular scrub and an air freshener. SERVPRO recommends an evaluation of unexpected dampness and odors as hidden water damage can be the cause.
 
Water damage in your Raleigh home can be stealthy, fine cracks in a pipe or a loose connection dripping water over time. Failing to install or use an exhaust fan in a bathroom or kitchen allows humidity to soar, dampening walls enough for mildew or mold to take hold. These types of seemingly minor water incursions are prevalent and eventually create severe harm to your home if ignored. Our highly trained technicians know where to find concealed water incursions and how to restore the damage they cause.
 
Left untreated, even tiny amounts of water soak into the structure of a home. Wood swells, rotting out under sink cabinets or producing warped areas on a hardwood floor. Drywall crumbles and ceilings sag, the paint bubbling and peeling. Anywhere water lives mold takes up residency, proliferating between walls or under tiles. SERVPRO crews unravel the mystery of this damage, finding the leaks and measuring the moisture content of your home’s building materials and air. Then we formulate a plan to abate the leaks or excessive humidity and the damage they caused.
 
We expose the wet areas any way possible, opening cabinet doors and removing kick plates to extract standing water and positioning air movers to dry the spaces thoroughly. SERVPRO crew members punch holes in drooping ceilings or stained wall areas to release water and permit airflow to move the remaining moisture out. Technicians check out steamy spaces and recommend opening windows or, preferably, adding and using exhaust fans consistently. Powerful dehumidifiers and sometimes heaters aid the restoration effort. If mold is present, our workers trained in EPA approved remediation techniques manage microbial outbreaks.
 
SERVPRO is not only committed to restoring current water damage, but also to educate on strategies to avoid problems in the future. After the structure dries, repairs and refinishing complete the job. We focus on restoration, never suggesting radical tear outs and remodeling when proven recovery methods bring your dwelling back to its condition before the hidden destruction.
 
Involve SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest as early as you can when you notice persistent moisture, discoloration or warping of floors and walls, or a moldy smell. Call (919) 790-1222 day or night to schedule an inspection by our experienced team.

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A Train Of Storms Result In Raleigh Flood Damage

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Train Of Storms Result In Raleigh Flood Damage SERVPRO Saves Many Raleigh Homes from Excessive Flood Damage

SERVPRO Provides Great Solutions to Raleigh Affected Storm Damaged Properties

Sometimes several days of heavy rains follow one after the other, greatly increasing the possibility of home flooding. Rivers and streams rise with the added precipitation, threatening nearby homes, and another flood risk indicator is the saturated soil. SERVPRO is ready to help local homeowners reverse the lasting effects of flood damage.
 
One storm front follows another, pushing the capacity of the ground to absorb more water. This train of storms means water flows downhill into your home’s walkout lower level, and you notice more moisture seeping in through the foundation. Do not wait for the rains to stop before calling us about the flood damage to your Raleigh home.
 
Our crew arrives with truck-mounted pumps and extractors, powerful and ready to start removing water even if the storm knocked out local power lines. Work begins after we ensure electricity is not live in the flooded area -- safety first for you and the SERVPRO restoration crew. The water collected may be contaminated with fertilizers, pesticides, and animal waste, so we contain and dispose of it under local regulation.
 
Technicians sanitize surface with appropriate antimicrobials as others operate the extractors on carpeting. SERVPRO workers receive advanced training on how to remove the most moisture without stretching or tearing the carpet fibers from the backing. The impure flood water is difficult to pull out of the padding and may accelerate mold growth. Usually, we remove and replace the padding as it is cost effective and because of the risk of retained impurities contributing to secondary flood damage.
 
The SERVPRO team positions air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce lingering moisture quickly. Throughout the process, we measure moisture levels to ensure we hit appropriate drying targets. Because the flooded space is partially within the home’s foundation, we check the perimeter for additional seepage and hidden pockets of water in cinder blocks or behind paneling or drywall. We do not consider the restoration job finished until all evidence of excess moisture disappears and measurements are within the normal range.
 
We move furnishings and stored personal belongings out of the flooded area for evaluation and to allow easier cleanup of the floors and walls. SERVPRO inventories items transferred and consults with you to help determine what to dry and restore and what to discard. Important documents and treasured pictures and heirlooms respond best to a freeze drying restoration procedure and need to be stabilized off-site swiftly.
 
Rely on SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest to respond fast and efficiently to your home’s flooding issues. Our staff awaits your call at (919) 790-1222 to schedule an estimate.

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Practice Firework Safety to Prevent Home Damage and Bodily Injury

7/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Practice Firework Safety to Prevent Home Damage and Bodily Injury Photo courtesy of CPSC and newsweek.com

Celebrating the summer brings gatherings, food, and on holidays - fireworks. While the lights of a backyard firework show or small handheld sparkler can be fun there are dangers just underneath the lights. When celebrating Independence Day, The National Fire Protection Association estimates sparklers account for more than 28% of emergency room visits due to fireworks and of nearly half of all fires reported 47% were started on July 4th due to fireworks.

If used improperly, fireworks can be dangerous. Professionals disagree on the use of personal use of fireworks. Some stating they should only be used by trained pyrotechnicians and others touting a use cautiously approach. HOA’s have weighed in on the matter usually erring on the side of caution and banning them from neighborhoods altogether.

The firework related injury stats can understandably give HOA’s cause for concern. Fireworks cause an average of nearly 18,500 reported fires across the country each year. Smaller hand-held sparklers account for more than 25% of emergency room fireworks injuries. The average sparkler is 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s 300 degrees hotter than what is required to melt glass, at 900 degrees Fahrenheit!

Other homeowner concerns for fire from fireworks include:

  • Roof shingles
  • Grass and landscaping
  • Siding
  • Fencing
  • Decks
  • Vehicles filled with gasoline in the driveway or street

If you do decide to have a home firework show please do so safely. Here are some tips to help prevent fire from ruining your home celebration:

  • Light fireworks on pavement or concrete a safe distance away from your home
  • Keep hair and loose clothing tied back
  • Keep a bucket of water close and a primed water hose ready
  • Light fireworks one at a time
  • NEVER attempt to relight a dud firework

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go see a display put on by the professionals. This allows you to enjoy the show with little worry of bodily harm or property damage. SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest wants you to enjoy the festivities safely with family and friends. Happy Independence Day!

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Commercial Carpet Cleaning for your North Raleigh & Wake Forest Business

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Carpet Cleaning for your North Raleigh & Wake Forest Business Regularly scheduled professional cleaning of your North Raleigh and Wake Forest commercial flooring will extend its life.

When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial services it is time to call in the professional services of SERVPRO® of North Raleigh & Wake Forest.

Our certified technicians can work around your operational schedule to clean your company’s carpets.

Vacuuming the carpets in your commercial property is a good way to limit accumulation of debris from taking root in commercial flooring. However, for those deep cleans its’ best to set up a carpet cleaning scheduled. Offices with heavy foot traffic may need a professional cleaning twice a year, whereas offices with lighter foot traffic may only need a professional cleaning once per year. Unfortunately, flooring in a commercial setting is often better at hiding soiled areas for longer periods of time than a residential carpet. There are benefits to having your commercial carpet professionally cleaned.

There are benefits to having your carpets professional cleaned on a regular schedule

Indoor Air Quality Improvement

Carpets collect a variety of compounds over time. Every time someone walks on the carpet their footsteps kicks the soil in the carpet into the air, representing a breathing risk. This is one of the contributors to poor indoor air quality. This is why regular maintenance is recommended.

First Impressions

A business with daily vacuumed and regularly cleaned carpets looks and smells fresh. This leaves a positive impression on any visitors that many come to the office and also lets employees, clients, and stakeholders know you care about your property.

Extending the Life of the Flooring

Having your commercial flooring regularly cleaned will help extend the lifespan of the carpets. When debris is left to stay in the flooring it breaks down the fibers leading. Keeping the flooring clean limits the amount of time contaminants are in the carpets.

If your commercial flooring is in need of a professional cleaning call SERVPRO® of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at 919-790-1222 to schedule an appointment with one of our certified carpet cleaning technicians today.

Document Restoration for Your North Raleigh & Wake Forest Business

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Document Restoration for Your North Raleigh & Wake Forest Business Libraries, books, and documents are just a few of the items SERVPRO can restore for your business.

As a business owner, you may have an emergency readiness plan but does it include document restoration? After a significant water intrusion, storm, or flood many businesses have records they must still maintain for legal reasons. Some of the most valuable parts of business lies in its record-keeping documents, books and photos. The loss of these records are typically irreplaceable and could lead to a delay in resuming regular business operation or worse.

Did you know SERVPRO® can restore wet documents? SERVPRO has a proprietary document restoration process and can restore nearly every type of document including (but not limited to):

  • paper files
  • books, manuscripts, magazines
  • photographs
  • blue prints, maps, drawings, plans
  • microfiches
  • x-rays
  • vellum
  • archives, library materials
  • vital records

Document restoration services are secure, include a chain of custody, and are handled by Master HIPAA certified technicians.

If your commercial property has experienced water damage, SERVPRO® of North Raleigh & Wake Forest can mitigate your damages and restore your documents making your business operational again. Call us today at 919-790-1222.

Sources:

www.archives.gov